“Tell me that and we’ll go. Right now. Save ourselves and leave this place to burn. Tell me that’s how you want your story to go and we’ll write it straight across the sand.” 


She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there’s nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can’t wait to escape from. 

Destined to wind up “wed or dead,” Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she’d gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan’s army, with a fugitive who’s wanted for treason. And she’d never have predicted she’d fall in love with him… or that he’d help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

Personal Experiences 

Desert magic, eh? I’ve never read one of these books before. Maybe I should try it? The cover looks pretty cool. And it is on display at a public library. How bad could it be?

My personal advice to you is to stop reading this review right now, and go to your nearest library and pick up the book. Or scroll down to the end of this post and download the PDF. It is worth every second of time spent reading. Completely.

Where to begin? Alwyn Hamilton did an amazing job of combining fantasy, adventure, romance, and mystery. I LOVED it! I spent about a day and a half (maybe two) reading this, and I would read just this book for the rest of my life. And to think, this is Alwyn Hamilton’s FIRST PUBLISHED BOOK! I want to be able to write like her. To be able to convince the readers that what they are reading is real. It happened. Oh how I wish every person on the planet could read this book…


“Being born doesn’t make a single soul important. But you were important when I met you, that girl who dressed as a boy, who taught herself to shoot true, who dreamed and saved and wanted so badly. That girl was someone who had made herself matter. She was someone I liked. What the hell has happened since you came here that she is so worthless to you? What’s happened that only my brother’s approval and some power you never needed before can make you important? That’s why I didn’t want to bring you into this revolution, Amani. Because I didn’t want to watch the Blue-Eyed Bandit get unmade by a prince without a kingdom.”

“The world makes things for each place. Fish for the sea, Rocs for the mountain skies, and girls with sun in their skin and perfect aim for a desert that doesn’t let weakness live.” 

“You know, I never believed in fate until I met you… then I started thinking coincidence didn’t have near so cruel a sense of humor” 

“Haven’t you ever wanted something so bad that it becomes more than a want? I need to get out of this town. I need it like I need to breathe.” 

“She moved like a storm someone had given steel to.”

“I don’t mean to worry you and all,” I said, trying to keep my voice calm, “but have you noticed that you’ve been shot?”
“Ah.” Looking at him closer now, I could see he was clutching the counter to stay upright. “I’d almost forgotten about that.” 

“Jin had told me once there was no arguing against belief. It was a foreign language to logic.” 

Itching to read Rebel of the Sands?

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*If you are unaware, I have a video on how to use Indie Bound as a resource on how to find books

**Also, if you have a Windows Phone, there is a really good EPUB reader app called Bookviser Reader. You can check out their website here.

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Happy Reading . . .

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